The Fruity Tree

I am grateful for my upbringing, no telling where I would be without it, probably nowhere very good, if still here.

My parents were nominal Christians, they took me to our mainline denominational church, got me into activities, and those activities were my Spiritual training.

God has His Hand on my life, (Thank God!), and I did have a few encounters but I would have been clueless without my Christian training that pointed me to the Word of God.

I learned the basics, about Jesus and His life, the Ten Commandments, tolerance and respect for other people and their views, and the Bible verse that “God is Love.”  One day that verse would literally save my life when I was younger and condemned harshly (to die) by a preacher who did not share my views!

Had it not been for the love I was shown, I probably would have rejected church altogether after that!

Then in 1976 I found out about and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  It DRAMATICALLY changed my life.  A well spring opened up inside of me and my zeal had no bounds!  I was ready to defy every devil, save every soul, and raise the dead anywhere I might encounter that, even deal with institutions and government if need be.

Well, it doesn’t take that long to figure out that there are some personal limitations on your strength, but I was still greatly impressed by the Life that had been made available to me.  I was right in the middle of the charismatic wave and God was near and I did encounter His incredible Presence and saw a number of impressive miracles and ministry.

It was a whole new world.  At one point, I gave away everything I had with my zeal to be like the early disciples and live by faith.  Well, that faith landed me back at home with my parents who were the nominal Christians with a daughter “on steroids” so to speak. They didn’t know what to do with me, even though God was using that to speak to them.

The only peace that came to the wild household  is when I went to church with my mom who had quit going.  My dad was content to watch it on tv.  (He later got wonderfully saved, but that is another story.)

I was going to every exciting meeting I could get to, and needless to say, my young faith was being tested on a number of levels.  I look back and laugh at all that now, but it was a serious development stage in my faith walk.  Thank God for patient loving parents!

One Sunday morning at our downtown Methodist Church, trying to suck in every bit of life I could get from those services, I was silently telling God how “dead” it was.  Now I had learned a lot of incredible truths that really did hold my life together.  But at this stage, all that seemed BORING!!!

As I sat there, explaining that to God, I was telling Him how this church, that had held strong for over a hundred years, was so lacking.  I envisioned this incredibly big tree with large extending branches and told him how great the fruit was on it.  To me, where I was, was just a tree with no fruit!  Not like the fruit I saw!

He just played me along and said, “Really?”  Now this conversation is all silent, but very real.  I said, “Yes!!!  These people are missing it!  They are missing the gifts of the Spirit, these wonderful works, this great excitement, they aren’t studying about the fruits and gifts and seeing miracles!”  He replied, “That fruit is really grand, is it?”

I replied, “Oh yes!” and just went on and on with Him.  And so quietly He said, “What if I cut down the trunk of that tree?  What happens to all those full branches and that fruit?”

I was stunned.  I knew this was God I was talking to and He could do anything He wanted.  I had no choice but to reply, “Then all the fruit is gone!”  He had made His point with me.  I was not honoring my roots.

All this inner disdain I had (and probably some outwardly) suddenly withered.  I realized He was taking me back to the basics, and those basics are not only good but necessary.  If the storms came, where was my foundation?  It needed to be on His!

I realized there was a progression of truth.  And even if some limbs get pruned, you really do still want the trunk of the tree an its root system.  It makes for life!

I laugh at this experience but not at what I learned from it.  A loving God taught me His ways.  My zeal was precious but it needed to be grounded.  The fruit was not greater than the tree it came from.  My folks were pretty simple folks when it came to Spiritual things, but they were honest and ethical and lived pretty well and content.

I realized that I needed to be a bridge and not a bomb.  It just worked better.

While looking for a picture to go along with this of a big tree similar to what I saw in my vision then, I came across this one called “The Salad Tree.”  It’s an artist’s mock up but it seems to fit so well.  We need it ALL.  And we need to have good sense and be planted on the sure foundation.

There are requirements for full life and if we ignore that, we will miss what God wants to do through us and in us.

God bless you~

Pam

Without A Wedding Garment

So many people are noticing and commenting on the shift God has just taken the Church. Things are changing, things are being re-aligned, and the recent does not fit like it did before.

In some areas, it is troubling and in other areas it is refreshing. But those who are prophetically “tuned” see it and observe and consider the changes, knowing that even more change has been prophesied and will come.

For years people have become disillusioned and even disappointed in the Church as we have known it. Sin has been exposed, betrayers seemed to win, thefts occured and offenses have been many.

It has disturbed a lot of people, and many have dropped out of church life altogether. Some have stood back at a distance, working to avoid the bitterness they were feeling in their hearts. They didn’t want to lose God; they wanted to find, seek, see and feel what is REAL. They wanted to reject the false.

But it seemed everywhere they looked for the real leadership left them more and more disappointed. People pulled back on their giving. They wanted to believe these mega promises were coming in, but some of the “pulls” were coming off a little too Madison Avenue rather than the Highway of Holiness.

Sacrifice in the right way is good. The Lord says, “Gather My saints together to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” (Psalm 50:5 NKJV) It’s a mark on the heart that God sees with Spirit eyes.

But many through disappointment and discouragement have stopped giving their “love gifts” to God. The reason was that they did not want to be yoked to the wrong spirits. Some were even angry at God and hurt and wounded.

It has not been easy, it has not been pretty and honestly, there is more to come. But don’t present yourself to God without a wedding garment!

Matthew 22:
1 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said:
2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,
3 “and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.
4 “Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”‘
5 “But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.
6 “And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.
7 “But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
9 ‘Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’
10 “So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.
12 “So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.
13 “Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

God still has need of you, even if He is tearing down the walls of the structured and rebellious church! Are you seeing Him or seeing a man? Will man be your excuse to turn away from God?

Or have you heard His Voice enough to use your heart, mind, soul, and strength to obey His will? Because people have pulled back, our country is in a financial crisis. It started because of sowing wrongly, and we can be deceived, but much of that is now being exposed and will continue to be exposed.

As it says in Joel 2: 13-14, “So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him; A grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord your God?”

If we don’t give an offering to what is right and good, we have not honored Him in a way that He can bless. We must be like Job who even in crisis said, “Blessed be the Name of the Lord.” Job, even in his trial, had to offer a sacrifice to the Lord and pray for things to turn around for him.

We may not be able to control the timing, but we can control the outcome if we still look to Him. If you allow bitterness to swallow you up, you will not be able to praise Him and encounter His Presence. “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3 KJV)

At this critical time, if you give to truth, you will receive and be established in truth. But if you give in to lies and disillusionment, you will be established in that and it is no comfortable place to be!

The enemy of our soul has been on a campaign to make you believe that wrong is right and right is wrong. Did you fall for the lie? If you just give in to it, it is to your hurt.

There is a wedding going on and you must have the right garment on to be accepted.